If you’re visiting CityLight for the first time, or just here to check out what happens at our meetings, welcome!
We’d love to have you join us on a Sunday at one of our locations around Adelaide, or at one of our Discipleship Groups throughout the week – we just rock up casual, no need to dress up or look fancy (cause we won’t!).
We know you’d expect a church meeting to be different to going to another social gathering like a party, so it’d be great to fill you in on what goes on and let you know up front what we’ll be doing – we’ll talk about what God’s up to in our lives (ie. testimony), read the Bible, explain the Bible(ie. preaching), talk to God (ie.prayer), express and celebrate our faith in what God has done for us (ie. singing) and eat bread dipped in wine (or juice) to remember the death of Jesus (ie. Communion).
We love questions – we sometimes have a Q&A sesh some Sundays… so come hang out around 5pm, stay for dinner after, ask questions, and let’s talk some more.
Sundays at CityLight
Visiting a church for the first time can be a little daunting. Where do I go? Where do my kids go? Is it safe? What will the music be like? What is the teaching like? What will people be wearing? Will it be weird? Am I wasting my time only to find out that this is just not the right fit for me? These are all valid questions to ask when looking for a new church. Here is a brief run-down of what to expect at any church gathering at CityLight.
Parking is plentiful around Glenelg... but the closer you get to the beach, the harder it is to find an empty space (without paying for it). If you're happy for a few minute walk, you should have no problem finding a free spot nearby. There are many all day parks in "High st, Glenelg, which is about 3 minutes walk. Around byron street there are a fair few 2 hour parks, pretty much in front of the church. you could also catch the tram into Glenelg if public transport is your thing
North Adelaide is much the same... we have some dedicated parking for families on-site, otherwise there's plenty of parking at North Adelaide Village across the road, or free street parking around Archer St.
CityLight Kids (Little Lights)
We take your kids safety very seriously by doing full background checks on every single person serving with CityLight Kids. We have activities each week that are fun for younger kids, where biblical truth is emphasised. We want your kids to LOVE being a part of the church, and make a fantastic place for them to grow in knowledge and love of Jesus! Bring your kids for Little Lights at the Glenelg10am, or North Adelaide 5:15pm service!
On arrival you'll be welcomed by smiling faces. These greeters can answer many basic questions you may have. You'll probably notice a pretty easy-going environment where people are dressed casually. You are welcome to wear a suit and tie if that’s what you are used to, but you may be the only one dressed up that much! If you arrive early, you’ll have no problem getting a seat of your choice. If you arrive a little late and the room looks full, don’t worry... we’ll help you find an open spot. There is also free espresso coffee, made on site by our wonderful coffee team!
The musical style of church gathering will vary from week to week. This is because we have been blessed with a large number of talented musicians and vocalists who have been organised into multiple bands each with a unique sound. One band might feel a little louder and very plugged in. The next week might have a laid-back feel to it. The next week might be stripped down to just acoustic instruments. We sing newer songs as well as a lot of very old hymns with modern arrangements, breathing new life into some of the best songs from the past.The quality, diversity and Christ-centered depth of our worship is without a doubt, a defining aspect of CityLight Church. check out a list of songs we cover here
Our teaching time is focused on taking the deep truths of The Bible and explaining them in a manner that makes sense today. We alternate series preaching through books of the Bible, and topic based series. Expect our sermons to last roughly 40 minutes. Listen to past messages HERE.
Responding to God’s Word
Every week after the sermon, we respond in worship in a few different ways. First, Christ-followers will be invited to take part in communion (you may know it as the Eucharist, or the Lord's Supper). This really keeps us focused on the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection. During that time we’ll continue worshiping in song. Towards the end of our service, those who consider CityLight Church home will be given the opportunity to worship with their finances by giving back a portion to God via the offering. You as a visitor should feel no expectation to take part in this. If you’d like to learn more about the financial side of CityLight, you can do so HERE. We’ll close the service with a few announcements.
Don’t feel like you need to run out right away! Take some time to meet new people if you are ready for that. You'll find numerous restaurants, cafes, and pubs within easy walking distance. We hope to see you soon!